(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 12, 2018 — Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey, State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Bivins, Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield), Senator Becky Massey (R-Knoxville), Representative Mary Littleton (R-Dickson), and Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) on Wednesday presented the state’s Three Stars of Tennessee Award posthumously to Sgt. Daniel Scott Baker. Baker was killed in the line of duty on May 30 while responding to a suspicious vehicle call in Dickson County.
Baker was one of three honored with the award which recognizes the heroic sacrifices of peace officers, firefighters, and medical first responders who gave their lives or suffered a career-ending injury while serving the public. Accepting the award for him was his wife, Lisa Baker.
“It is very appropriate that we honor Sgt. Baker and the other two first responders as Tennessee heroes,” said Senator Roberts. “No words are adequate to express our gratitude and admiration for Sgt. Baker’s selfless service, but we hope his family finds some comfort in this recognition and in the fact that he will never be forgotten.”
Sen. Roberts also presented Lisa with a flag which was flown over the Tennessee Capitol in remembrance of her husband.
The Three Stars of Tennessee Award was put into place under a law passed by the General Assembly in 2014. The presentation coincides with September 11, or Patriot’s Day, in remembrance of the heroic acts made by first responders during the terrorist attacks in 2001. Baker was nominated for the award by Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.